Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the match between Sri Lanka and India at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. AFP
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Riding on a stupendous batting performance by stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Ishan Kishan, india defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their first one-day international match on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 263, India crossed the line for the loss of just three wickets with 80 balls to spare.
Dhawan and Prithivi Shaw set the tone for a successful chase with a 58-run opening wicket partnership.
After the dismissal of Shaw, Dhawan kept on playing a watchful innings as Kishan went after the Lankan bowlers to spur the run rate.
Earlier, India restricted Lanka to 262/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Deepak Chahar (2/37), Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/48) all picked two wickets each.
Dhananjaya de Silva celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Prithvi Shaw. Reuters
It was Chahal, who triggered the slide as Yadav struck twice in a quick succession to derail the Lanka innings. The hosts kept on losing the wickets on regular intervals and could never recover from there on.
Chamika Karunaratne topped scored for Lanka with a gritty 43. Lankan batsmen failed to capitalize on the good start and could not convert them into big scores.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 262/9 in 50 overs (Avishka Fernando 33, Charith Asalanka 38, Dasun Shanaka 39, Chamika Karunaratne 43 not out; Deepak Chahar 2/37, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/52, Kuldeep Yadav 2/48). India 263/3 in 36.4 overs (Prithvi Shaw 43, Shikhar Dhawan 86 not out, Ishan Kishan 59, Suryakumar Yadav 31 not out; Dhananjaya de Silva 2/49).
India, leading 2-1 in the series, struggled to make runs and lost crucial wickets early in the day, including skipper Virat Kohli who failed to score. But Pant put on 113 for the seventh wicket with Sundar to hit back after the England bowlers reduced India to 146 for six at one stage.
"Virat Kohli is a good player and he has performed well against Pakistan. I have nothing against him but if Indians don't compare their players with Pakistan, then we shouldn't do that as well," he added.
Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes launched a six-hitting feast as England chased down 337 against India in a series-levelling win in the second one-day international on Friday. Bairstow (124) and Stokes (99) put on 175 for the second wicket and smashed.
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